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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Ann is the wine barrel aged version of Anna (1902-?), our grandfatherís sister as well as the name of our Honey Saison. In her honor, we fill French Oak wine barrels with honey saison and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After many months, a beautifully complex beer emerges--Anna becomes Ann. Naturally carbonated and dipped in beeswax, Ann displays the microflora of her landscape. This the ale that I dreamed to have shared with Anna.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5559) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2015
May 2014 Magnum shared by Adam C on 7/25/15.
Hazy burnished copper with a good amount of fairly well-retained white head atop.
Brightness of Anna lightly dulled, but in the best way possible, replacing it with soft lactic acids. Again more of the floral-sulfur-grass thing going on (thatís my closest approximation to describing the aroma of these wonderful saisons, and itís admittedly terrible and sounds unappealing, but Iíll work on it once I get a whole bottle to myself....). Bits of honey on the end are just begging you to drink it.
Very well-restrained on the barrel character, compared to Art. Bright acidity, wildflower notes producing the same light stickiness. As it progresses, you get a pineapple-near-the-rind sort of flavor that is nicely dry but still has some good tartness and a pinch of sweetness. Bits of vanilla and light wood with some juicier melon notes. Hard to describe, these beers of Shawnís. The flavors are all so new to me and itís overwhelming to try them all for the first time this weekend. I can say that the mouthfeel, balance and attenuation are perfect here once again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (5971) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Magnum poured by Adam, bottled 2014, sold in 2015. Great bright gold color, spotty lace. Aroma is just a dream, honey, grain, citrus, very mild barrel.

Can the barrel be anymore integrated?? The mouthfeel is soft and delicate just like every other of Mr. hillís brew. Wow, the wine barrel is here but really mild. The honey, citrus and grain has a juicy like texture. Light floral hints, damn... The mouthfeel is crisp and lively, nice tingle. No hype just straight flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WillRunForBeer (2195) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Magnum shared by AdanChandler, opened at Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Bottled 5/14. Pours yellow gold with s big white head. Aroma is oak, white wine, mild HFS funk. Super soft, with white grape, lemon, HFS funk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle: 2015 batch from a magnum thanks to Adam. Clear golden pour, soapy & foamy white head. Aroma is absolutely lovely. Big white wine character with light tartness & tannins that remain restrained. Light honey, wet oak, apple, lemon, hint of peach, kiwi, a small touch of soft mineral water, slight kick of farmhouse on the back end. Amazing flavor. White grape, honey, tart melon, lemon rind, kiwi, some soft grains. So smooth & mellow. Finishes with peach, lime, white grape, & a little kick of oaky tannins. This is a fucken fantastic beer that has lived up far beyond the hype. Incredible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chalumeaux (1008) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Poured from magnum thanks AdamChandler for the Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting. Hazy golden color with a nice head. Aromas of honey yeast light wine and citrus with soft funk. Taste is smooth and crisp with complex flavors that blend perfectly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ctipping (1126) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Originally reviewed 10/26/2012. 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 1 bottle #98. Hazy with a white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells like Anna with wine. Honey and yeasty as hell. Light wine notes and a touch of acidity. Stronger wine presence in the taste. Really quite dominant. Lots of honey still, which cuts the yeastiness more than in Anna. Dry with a little brett. Gets fruitier towards the finish. A touch of grainy malts. Wonderful. Slick from the wine. Light and medium carbonation. Very nice. Low acidity, but itís there and helps to bring the honey and wine together. Yeasty bitterness. I know thereís a lot of hype with this beer, but I have to admit that this is one of the best saisons Iíve ever had. Complex, light, and never overbearing with any one flavor. Truly a great saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3859) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of kermis. Pours a hazy golden beer with a a big white head on top. Aroma is woody, barnyard, vineous touches, rather yeasty and some slight notes of peppery yeasts in there. Flavor is very funky, vineous, loads of fruity notes in there as well. Some raisins or something. A very nice, well balanced saison, certainly very nice, but not getting all the hype here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (9985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle shared at LBT2. Pours cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma is vinous with good oaky barrel notes, light floral notes, honey, citrus, a soft funk, fruits and grapes. Flavour is light moderate sweet with a touch or sourness. Perfectly balanced in the palate with a minerally fruitiness, soft acidity and wonderful barrel notes complimenting an already great base beer. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, a technically perfect beer and the best saison Iíve had. A beer like this with such crazy hype, rarity and value can never really live up to it. Itís not worth what it takes to acquire, but still a beautiful beer and a great experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JakeG (26) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of funk, barnyard and fruits. Taste is a bit tart. Good balance. Awesome complex of aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (5486) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle shared by Al, pours vibrant and hazy golden color with small to medium white head. Aromas of bright lemons, blood oranges, oak, vino funk, sea salt, grapefruit and tangy minerality. Medium bodied. Been wanting to try this little skank for years now. A little underwhelmed for hill standards but still a very nice beer. Probably not in my top 10 from these guys but still epic juice.

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